Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Activities with Alice, part 2

From the past two weeks:

painting with real paint : holding a real chick
drawing with chalk : building with cornstarch packing peanuts
growing a chick : pipe cleaners + colindar
tracing her hand : tangrams
getting the mail : catching a ball
cutting with scissors : punching a balloon
sidewalk chalk : puzzles at the library
swinging rocks : glow sticks
face painting...with catsup : scooping sand
bagging leaves : swinging on the big girl swing

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's Twosday!

Dear Alice,
Today you turn 2 years old!
(So long, airplane lap child.)
Holy moley.
How did that happen?

I LOVE this age.
You are so fun!

I recently interviewed you.

Here are your responses:
Favorite color: orange
Favorite thing to eat: gummy bears
(these are also called "pooping treats" around here)
Favorite book to read: Bible

After this, your answers got a little fuzzy. :)

You can count to 10,
but always say, "just one" when answering "one".

You know the basic colors and shapes
and often use them together.
"Red triangle"
"Blue oval"

My favorite thing you do is sing songs.
Wheels on the Bus seems to be your favorite,
followed by:
Happy Birthday
Jesus Loves Me
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
and Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

I love how you recall information.
At dinner we tell Daddy what we did during the day.
I'm always surprised at the level of detail you remember.

You can catch balls now.

"I don't like it." is a very common phrase heard around here.

You crack us up when you scream,
Followed by a quiet, "That's so loud!"

You have a kind heart.
I love how you take care of your younger friends.
I love how you rock everything like a baby...
including the plastic hair clip you found while on a walk.

You're still a signing maniac.
Sometimes you answer me by saying,
"I'll sign it."
and then signing the answer to my question.

I don't let you play with my phone often,
(usually just to keep you on the potty a little longer or to buy a few minutes while running errands)
but you navigate the iPhone like it's made by Fisher Price.
Scrolling through the menu, 
selecting an app, 
selecting an activity in the app, 
closing out of it and going to another...
It's crazy.

You picked up a chicken yesterday.
I still can't believe she let you do it.

Any beverage I don't want to share with you is "mama's coffee?"

You've also gotten a little pushy with the music in the car;
requesting certain songs and saying, "Not this one!" when it's one you don't want to hear.

Alright, I'll wrap this up.
I just don't want to forget any of this.
I wish I could record our days so I could watch them over and over again when I'm old.

I love you, precious Alice!
I'm so thankful God chose me to be your mama.
It's the greatest job in the world!

Love, Mama

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Celebrating 2!

We celebrated Alice's second birthday today!
(Her actual birthday is on Tuesday.)

We decided to keep the party small...
our small group,
Alice's closest little friend,
and our family=
20 adults and 9 kids.
Not small,
but perfect.

We also decided to have a birthday party themed birthday party...
I'm so crazy.
(Take THAT Pinterest!)

Scenes from the party:

Walking in after her daddy-daughter breakfast.
She LOVES balloons.
(I hate that this is blurry!)

Baby/toddler friendly snacks.
(In case you thought I usually serve Cheerios at parties. :) )

Because I got a LOT of questions about this today,
those balloon arches are just helium balloons strung by needle and thread.

The weather in Colorado can be hit or miss in March.
Today was 100% a hit.
75 and sunny.

I'm not sure why Holly is holding their hands,
but I like it! :)

 I was so proud of my little birthday girl!
No tantrums,
didn't panic when everyone sang to her,
and even blew out her candle.

Strawberry cupcake AND a mini ice cream sandwich.
She was in heaven.

Opening gifts.
She got the sweetest gifts from our friends and family!

I loved this day.